Former Fuvahmulah City Mayor Abdulla Falah Shareef has been appointed as Deputy Planning Minister.
Falah was appointed to the post by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday.
Falah had run in the MDP primary for the local council elections last year. He lost to Ismail Rafeeq, who went on to win the local council elections.
Deputy ministers receive a monthly pay of MVR 35,500; MVR 20,500 as basic salary and MVR 15,000 in allowances.